Monday, June 2, 2008

Vintage Wallpaper Boxes

A combination of my favorite supplies; crepe paper, vintage wallpaper, and German scrap were used to embellish these pencil boxes. Who knew items that I used in elementary school, like glue, paper and a scissors, would continue to be my favorite tools.



I really like to mix blues, pinks, taupes, and chocolate colors together they remind me of the ocean, sand, and a little girl's sweet pink dress. The combination of colors give me the romantic cottage look, with a little French inspiration. What are in the boxes you ask?
Notecards made of lucious flocked wallpaper.

I had so many wonderful comments on my friend Karen's safety pin basket, that I wanted to show you another picture. If you look closely you might be able to tell that she used two different color blue beeads in the basket. In person, this basket is stunning.

70 comments:

Alison Gibbs said...

Ele your latest creations are beautiful. Love the crepe paper ruffle around the boxes.
Karens pin basket is beautiful.
Alison

vickie said...

Ele these boxes are so beautiful and elegant. Karen's basket really is pretty, love the color.

Cyndi said...

Your boxes are exquisite! I love the pinks, blues and browns that you used, and love the crepe ruffles around the boxes. They look like something very special is stored inside. Hey, when are you going to add more of your lavender sachets to your boutique? I especially love "Babette" and "Saje" with the yo-yos.

Connie said...

You are soooo talented, sweetpea!
Smoochies,
Connie

Beth Leintz said...

The boxes and cards with flocked wallpaper are just scruptious- pretty colors and rich textures- sigh....

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Ele, these creations are just STUNNING!!!! wow!

xo Heather

LiLi M. said...

Wow, your boxes (and its contents) are gorgeous!

Katrina Chambers said...

Hi Ele, these boxes are just beautiful!

TattingChic said...

What beautiful boxes and those notecards are to die for!!! If I lived closer to you and could visit your sweet boutique in your sweet old church those are the first things I'd be buying up...a little box to put my tatting in and a notecard or two or three or four...LOL to send a tatted bookmark off to friends. You are very talented.

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

OH ELE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those boxes are just stunning! You make the most beautiful things, I tell ya! Can I come over and take lessons from you??

Karen's basket is truly beautiful. So much work!

Love ya,
Amy

vintage paper bella~andrea said...

I love the boxes~ The crepe ruffles are lovely and all the details!

vintage paper bella~andrea said...

I love the boxes~ The crepe ruffles are lovely and all the details!

The Rose Room said...

Gorgeous, love the colours you use:) Rachaelxo

Lori said...

your boxes look lovely Ele, one of my favorite things is to cover boxes...i think it is my ocd streak, love that precision straight line cutting and the 90 degree angles...i like the "torn" paper thing a lot of girls do, but i just have such a hard time doing that...

Sugar Bear said...

I love how you used the crepe paper!
Karla

Wonderfully Sew Knit said...

Beautiful!!!

Cookie said...

You've done such a beautiful job with these. Just beautiful. You have such a way with this type of thing.

Hugs,
Cookie

Rebecca Ramsey said...

The boxes are lovely and I LOVE the notecards! That safety pin basket is amazing!
Becky

Bristol said...

I love the vintage wall paper boxes. the colors look wonderful and I love the mix of prints. have a great week.
Bristol

Donna Layton said...

Ele....I love seeing how you use the papers. So very pretty and useful:)

rosechicfriends said...

Ele..those boxes...WOW!!!

Hey...Be sure to take a peek at my blog...I have given you an award...if you have already received this..sorry for the duplicate...but I do love your blog!

Hugs/kisses...Lorena

Miss Rhea said...

The boxes are gorgeous !! And I really like the crepe paper twist you gave them. :) Karen's basket is SO pretty !! You lucky girl !!

~ Junkyard Jennifer said...

These boxes and cards are so pretty!

Sarah and Jack said...

Those boxes are gorgeous!

Diane MacNaughtan said...

Hi, thank you for visiting my blog! I have really enjoyed your blog and your boxes are just lovely!

~Diane

Natasha Burns said...

Ele your boxes are amazing! You have such an eye for attention to detail and the colour combinations are divine!

Cottage Way of Life said...

I have always thought those little bead baskets are too fun!! That's a nice one you have! :)

-Sarah

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

Oh wow!!! The boxes and note cards are gorgeous. I love those double crepe ruffles. So sweet!

PAINT MINE PINK said...

See Ele this is why our parents told us to Pay Attention At School. LOL.
How gorgeous !

Love Shann xo

Jeanne said...

Ooooh! Those wallpaper and crepe paper covered boxes are scrumptious!!!
xo
jeanne

GardenGoose said...

Hello Ele,
Sop very nice of you to visit!
Yes, I've been on one of those cleaning out/clearing it all wayyyyy out...kind of bents..ha. It is amazing the things you can unearth in your home after 8 yrs of being in the same home.
oh the boxes and basket are delightful/love the colors!
I hope that you have a lovely weekend.
So nice of you to stop by.
Hugs,
Tina

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Your boxes are beautiful! I love the pinks and blues with chocolate brown, too.
Gorgeous notecards!

Kimberly :)

Kai said...

Goodness! Between yours and Kris's boxes, I'm having to catch myself to keep from DROOLING! Beautiful! The first words that always come to mind when I see your art are elegant and classy! THOSE WORDS APPLY HERE!

Joy said...

How pretty! Love the colors and they are so creative!

VINTAGE GIRL AT HEART said...

Your boxes are so very sweet!!! I
love what you did with them. Very unique and creative!!
I have a pink basket just like your blue one....I love it too!!

Caleen said...

The pencil boxes have had a beautiful transformation !!! What a clever way to use something old and make it new again. I sure believe these will be used for precious treasures..
Thank you for stopping by my blog :)

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Soooo, soooo pretty!

M ^..^

Inspired Tokens said...

Ele ...wonderful creations. The boxes are gorgeous and I love the blues, pinks and chocolate colors. They look like wonderful, delightful treats. The safety pin creations is so cute ...I've seen that concept in articles before. Nothing as stunning as what you have shown. Happy Weekend! ..Alice

Ali said...

Just so beautiful as usual hon. Such an enjoyable and inspiring blog you have. ox thanks for your well wishes too on my little holiday. ox take care hon, Ali

fated follies studio said...

your wallpaper boxes are amazing! they are so beautiful!

jenny

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Ele, I just love your new boxes. So vintagey!! Love the color combinations, too.

Isn't Karen's basket just the prettiest thing? Wonder how long it takes her to make those? Sooo pretty!

Big Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Robyn said...

I have missed popping in here! What a lovely post! Come by and visit when you can! Lot's of hugs!
Robyn

shirl said...

Hi Ele, these boxes are so pretty! Crepe paper ruffle is such a great idea. Love that pin basket!
Blessings, Shirl

Dona said...

Ele I just love your boxes! I have said this before, but, I can't help it. I wish I was that creative.

Dona

cherub*wishes said...

Wow!! hi ele ;o)
it's been such a long while since i've visited you ;o(
your blog looks beautiful as ever!!! hope all is well with you and your family!!
hugs,
dionne

HippieDog said...

Pretty boxes Ele and I love the notecards. I've missed you!

Lori said...

Ele, I hear you, isn't it funny how those childhood likes are still strongly a part of who we are today!!! Later,Lori great job and colors!

Bertie said...

Oh Ele!! These boxes are exquisite! I really, really like that blue one. Everything you post makes me smile! AND I LOVE Karen's basket!! Wow!!

I TAGGED you, so come to my blog and see!

Bertie
Aunt May's Cottage

Pinkie Denise said...

Hello Ele,
Your boxes are just beautiful! I really like them and how they turned out. I also love your safety pin basket. I collect them, they are so fun. Thanks for sharing your creations Pinkie Denise

heidi said...

hi ele ~ wow, those boxes are just divine! xo heidi

Miss Sandy said...

Ele,
Both the boxes and the basket are wonderful. Your friend did a great job on the basket. Your note cards look luscious!

I love your comment about still loving t play with paper, scissors, and glue. One of my favorite artists is Tracey Porter. She too loves paper, scissors, and glue. At one point she gave up her education to pursue a career in art. Her brother thought she was crazy and snapped at her, "Go ahead, Tracey, go play with your paper, scissors, and glue and see where they get you!" They got her her own very successful company!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Those flocked papers make me drool!
And the way you put them together is so dreamy!

LW said...

Beautiful boxes....
adore the ruffle..

Pin basket is also wonderful..

Louise

Shabbyfufu said...

Ele....thanks for visiting me! Those boxes are lovely works of art~great job!!

Jennifer said...

Everything is a little yummier covered in vintage wallpaper... in my opinion!!!! They came out beautiful!!!!!

Altered Route said...

Ele..Your boxes are just wonderful!
What a score on the lovely dress and what a wonderful setting to display and have a studio...lucky girl!
Connie

Casa Mia * My House * said...

Really beautiful boxes. Love your blog!

Diane said...

OMG those boxes are just yummy, a great combo of sweet goodness. Keep up your wonderful Art it is always a joy to see (:
Hugs, Diane

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Ele, your boxes and note cards are just stunning!
Penny

Kristin said...

Everything is absolutely stunning!! I am blown away by these creations. Thank you so much for sharing all this inspiration :)

Kristin
http://homegrownrose.typepad.com/reclaimingthehome/

Couture de Papier said...

So Victorian and elegant!
Denise Nantasket Beach,Massachusetts

Tara said...

What great creations!

celestina marie said...

Hi Ele, the boxes are just gorgeous and your colors are so perfect together. I love those combinations too. You are a talent above the stars!! Karen's basket is gorgeous also, as she is another great talent!
Miss you,
love, Celestina
la rea rose

Cathy said...

Ele, these boxes are lovely. Just beautiful.

xo
Cath

Cheryl said...

Those boxes are just DELICIOUS!!!!

Couture de Papier said...

These are just precious !
Denise

Joy Zaczyk said...

Hi Ele!

Oh my gosh - these boxes are just to die for!!! I also love your studio - just lovely!

Joy

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Great creations!

Diana at Chloe's Chic Boutique said...

Ele,
Your boxes are stunning! I love the ruffle edges!

KaReN EiLeeN said...

Love your boxes. I haven't been by in a little while. So glad I stopped by.

KAREN EILEEN